A year or so ago, I read in The Baltimore Sun that the Superintendent for Baltimore City schools receives bonuses and has a $76,000 chauffeur in addition to a $750 car allowance. This is in addition to his negotiated salary.
How much does this superintendent really make with perks and bonuses each year? Is what the superintendent really gets paid public knowledge? Similarly, do the citizens of Baltimore County really know what the new superintendent in Baltimore County is getting paid? Is there really transparency for the public with regard to public money being paid to superintendents in districts where the Board of Education is appointed?
Especially in Baltimore County, where the current Board of Education leadership is so "chummy" with the County Executive Why would I even have this on my mind? There was an article in The Baltimore Sun last weekend that detailed the moving expenses being paid to Howard County's and Baltimore County's new superintendents. I thought that there had to be a mistake. Why would Baltimore County pay only $5,000 for Dance to relocate from Texas while Howard County, whose board requested that the new superintendent move into Howard County, would pay up to $25,000 for Dr. Foose's relocation expenses. Maybe the answer is in a rumor I heard.
The rumor is that Dr. Dance will be getting paid more than $20,000 for one (1) week's work at the end of June. I do not know whether this is true or not, but it sure would explain the discrepancy in relocation costs offered by Baltimore County as opposed to Howard County. That much money for one week's work would pretty much level the playing field between Baltimore County and Howard County with regard to relocation payments?
Are there any other hidden payments that the public does not know about? Maybe someone can find out if the rumor is true and tell the public! If you think it is time to elect the Board of Education email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is time to see what real citizens think. We can work together for a better board to serve the public not the politicians.